News & Announcements

Hallowe’en at John Black (Thursday, October 29th)

Posted October 21, 2020

On October 29th, we are having an Orange & Black/Costume Day. Students can choose to wear orange and black or dress up for Hallowe’en. If students choose to wear a costume, they will need to wear it for the entire day with no opportunity to change. Everyone is required to ...

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Police Presence in Schools town hall and survey info

Posted October 19, 2020

Please read the following for information on the UGDSB’s Police Presence in Schools virtual town hall and survey.

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Survey to request change between in-person and remote learning (Oct. 14-21)

Posted October 13, 2020

To request a change between in-person and remote learning, elementary parents/guardians must complete the Intent to Change Survey between October 14-21. The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 21 at 4pm.

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Provide your input: Police presence in UGDSB schools

Posted October 9, 2020

This October, the Upper Grand District School Board is holding a town hall and survey, asking participants for their input regarding the presence of police in UGDSB schools.

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October Newsletter

Posted October 4, 2020

Fall is here and so is October. Attached you will find our October Newsletter with important updates and information. October Newsletter 2020

MENTALLY HEALTHY RETURN TO SCHOOL

Posted October 4, 2020

MENTALLY HEALTHY RETURN TO SCHOOL

Posted October 1, 2020

Welcome back! Whether remote learning or in-building learning, we are all facing a very different return to school. At UGDSB we have committed to ensuring a welcoming, safe and mentally healthy return to school.  Although we don’t know exactly what ...

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October Days of Significance

Posted October 4, 2020

October 2020 Let’s celebrate and/or acknowledge customs, traditions and days of significance from all around the world! If you have a suggestion or idea, please contact your child’s teacher or the office . October 3-9 Sukkot Jewish October 4 St. Francis day Catholic Christian October 5 World Teachers Day UN October 6 World Cerebral Palsy Day October 10 World Mental Health Day (WHO) October 10 Shemini Atzeret Jewish October 11 International ...

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International Walk to School Day is October 7th

Posted October 4, 2020

In October we celebrate “active travel” by encouraging students to walk or bike between home and school, or to actively travel as much as they can in their local environments. A walk outdoors is good for our hearts and minds!  So let’s all walk to school on October 7th! ...

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Fall has Arrived – Dress for the Weather for Outdoor Learning

Posted October 4, 2020

All of our Kindergarten to Grade 8 teachers are taking their students outside regularly for a variety of learning experiences.  We are very fortunate to have great learning spaces on our school site. We are asking that students come to school prepared to be outside in all kinds of weather. ...

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School Bullying Prevention Plan

Posted September 30, 2020

School Bullying Prevention Plan 2020 Elem Google Docs

UGDSB launches The Umbrella Project to support mental health and well-being

Posted September 29, 2020

At the Upper Grand District School Board, we value mentally healthy schools, classrooms and work sites. This year, in order to further help support the mental health and well-being of UGDSB students and staff, we are introducing The Umbrella Project to schools and offices.

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Updates for the week of September 21st-Lanyards and Busing

Posted September 25, 2020

This week we have purchased safety “break-away” lanyards for all students and staff in order to make it easier for everyone to have masks with them at all times.  They are colour-coded by class so we can also easily recognize each class during recess and ensure all students ...

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Parent Information: Monitoring and Managing COVID-19

Posted September 18, 2020

The UGDSB would like to remind all parents that they have an important role to play in preventing COVID-19 in our schools.

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Reminder to parents: Please screen children every day before coming to school

Posted September 11, 2020

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the school board would like to remind all parents/guardians that they are to screen their children every day for COVID-19 symptoms, prior to coming to school.

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Check out our Welcome to John Black video

Posted September 9, 2020

Thanks to Jason Swan, our Teacher-Librarian, Special Education Resource Teacher and Planning Time Teacher, (yes...he wears many hats!!) for creating this video for our families. We look forward to welcoming our students to John Black.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2NwPmCNsYs

Classroom Meeting Locations and Kiss and Ride Route

Posted September 8, 2020

Hi everyone, Here is a map which indicates where classes will line up at the beginning of the day; entering or exiting the building for recess and outdoor learning. These locations will also be used for bus ...

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Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted September 7, 2020

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted September 7, 2020

UGDSB Policy 518: Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions, outlines the roles and responsibilities for all in the educational community to support students with possible life-threatening medical conditions. The prevalent medical conditions covered under this policy are Asthma, Anaphylaxis, ...

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John Black is a Smoke and Vape Free Environment

Posted September 7, 2020

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke and vape-free environment for its students, staff and others while on Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Board policy 208.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled ...

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Calling Our Families to Welcome You to John Black

Posted September 7, 2020

Please be sure to answer your phones on Tuesday!  Staff will be calling to share start up information and welcome our students back.  We will also be gathering information from parents/guardians. Please note that calls may appear as “unknown numbers” or long distance on your call display. We ...

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Letter to parents from Public Health – back to school

Posted September 3, 2020

A letter to parents/guardians from Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year at John Black

Posted August 28, 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students back to John Black Public School this September! We hope this document will help answer your questions about the specifics about the open day, first week of school and beyondWelcome To The 2020 2021 School Year

IMPORTANT: New schedule for staggered entry

Posted August 28, 2020

In order to ensure the safety of students and to provide additional time for staffing schools, the Upper Grand District School Board’s schedule for staggered entry has changed. 

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Suggested School Supply List for September 2020

Posted August 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, As you are working to get your child(ren) ready to return to school, you may be thinking of what students should bring to school to help with their safe return this Fall.  This year with the Covid-19 protocols, there will be no sharing of school supplies. We ...

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Registration Guidelines and Procedures for John Black PS September 1, 2020

Posted August 26, 2020

Registration Day for new students is Tuesday, September 1st, 10am- 3pm. Please see our specific process for registering your child(ren) at John Black. We look forward to meeting you.2020 COVID Registration Guidelines September 1st

Changing Pre-Registration Decision – Deadline Sunday Aug. 23 at 4pm

Posted August 19, 2020

In light of recent updates with respect to reopening models and masks, parents/students in both elementary and secondary schools are being given the opportunity to change their original pre-registration decision regarding in-person or remote learning.

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IMPORTANT: Reopening models for UGDSB schools posted online

Posted August 18, 2020

The school board has posted information about the reopening models for UGDSB elementary and secondary schools. The overviews contain important information including model structure for conventional and remote learning, sample schedules, remote learning expectations and more.

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Introducing back to school parent/guardian webinars

Posted August 18, 2020

Parents/guardians, join our mental health clinicians as they discuss different issues and strategies to support your child’s return to school success. 

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Letter from the Director on reopening schools (August 10, 2020)

Posted August 10, 2020

A letter from the UGDSB Director of Education, Martha Rogers, on the reopening of schools in September.

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Reopening Schools: Parent Guide and Pre-Registration survey released

Posted August 6, 2020

The school board has released a Parent Guide with information about the reopening of schools in September, and a Pre-Registration Survey for all UGDSB families. All students must pre-register for school by the August 14, 2020, deadline.

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Letter from the Minister of Education (July 30, 2020)

Posted July 30, 2020

The Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, has written a letter to all Ontario parents/guardians regarding the province’s announcement on the reopening of schools in September.

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